John Eastman, chairman of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), said in an op-ed that he hopes
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis ignites a revolt against the Supreme Court's
ruling striking down gay marriage in all 50 states.
Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan
County, spent five days in jail for refusing to comply with a judge's
ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified
couples. Davis has said that issuing marriage licenses to gay and
lesbian couples would violate her conscience.
Davis, who returns to work on Monday,
on Friday filed a new appeal.
Davis asks for delay in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)
In his National Review op-ed,
Eastman said that Davis was more faithful to the U.S. Constitution
than Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority decision in the
“Ms. Davis was much more faithful to
her oath of office, and to the Constitution she vowed to support,
than the federal judge who jailed her for contempt, the attorney
general of the state who refused to defend Kentucky’s laws, and
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who usurped the authority of the states and
the more than 50 million voters who had recently reaffirmed the
natural definition of marriage, in order to impose his own more
‘enlightened’ views on the nation,” Eastman wrote. “One can
only hope that Ms. Davis's simple but determined act of civil
disobedience will yet ignite the kind of reaction in the American
people that is necessary to oppose such lawlessness, or at the very
least bring forth a national leader who will take up the argument
against judicial supremacy in truly Lincolnian fashion.”
Earlier this month, NOM
President Brian Brown blamed the Supreme Court for Davis' jailing.